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Barcelona make record with World Cup final representation

The 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup will reach its conclusion on Sunday when Argentina take on France in the final at Lusail Stadium.

For the Barcelona fans, all eyes will be on French duo Ousmane Dembele and Jules Kounde as they look to get the better of an Argentina side led by none other than Lionel Messi.

Earlier this tournament, Barcelona had notably made a record by having 17 players (plus two loanees) representing their respective national teams, with eight of them belonging to the Spanish national side.

But as we gear up for the final, it appears Barça have broken yet another record for participation in the World Cup.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalans have become the first club to have at least one representative in the World Cup finals for four straight editions.

It all started with the 2010 World Cup final, when Barcelona had no less than eight players in the final, all of who played for the Spanish team that lifted the cup that year, with Andreas Iniesta even scoring the decider deep into extra time.

In the 2014 World Cup, Barcelona had Lionel Messi leading the Argentina team, along with experienced defender Javier Mascherano, although the Albiceleste ended up losing to Germany 1-0.

In 2018, Barcelona had three representatives in Dembele and Samuel Umtiti while Ivan Rakitic was in charge of the Croatian midfield. It was Dembele and Umtiti who lifted the club on that occasion and the former will be hoping to achieve a similar feat this weekend.

Dembele has already impressed coach Didier Deschamps with his maturity and commitment to the French side. His performances could be vital once again as he takes on the Argentina defence on Sunday.

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